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Defending Democracy: What Journalists Got Wrong About Jan. 6 and How to Fix It

Decades of mass media research show definitively that news media shape people’s perceptions of social reality. For this reason, journalists have a heavy responsibility and moral obligation to ensure how they report current events helps people to understand what is really happening, not just about one particular incident, but also as part of a broader trending context. This session will address how journalists have shaped public understanding of democracy and existential threats to it — as well as ways in which news media can better defend democracy, which itself is foundational to the existence of a free press.